Technical Reports

An Industry Perspective on Maglev

  • 01
  • Jun
  • 1990
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration
OFFICE: RPD
SUBOFFICE: RPD-30
REPORT NUMBER: DOT/FRA/ORD-90/07
SUBJECT: Maglev
KEYWORDS: maglev; An Industry Perspective on Maglev
ABSTRACT: Most of the recent discussion and proposed legislation concerning Maglev assumes that U.S. industry has a strong interest in Maglev and will be willling to take a proactive, costsharing role in the development of Maglev systems. As part of the preliminary feasibility studies on Maglev, the Federal Railroad Administration obtained the perceptions of several major U.S. corporations and identified their interest in a Maglev program, their willingness to participate, and any potential barriers to their participation. The industry perspectives were obtained through an independent and unbiased external study that included in-depth interviews with senior executives from 22 major U.S. corporations. The study, conducted during April and May 1990, was primarily directed at the development and implementation of a next-generation 'leapfrog' Maglev system in the U.S. It was not aimed at assessing the interests of individual entrepreneurs in implementing existing German (or Japanese) systems.

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